So Friday we set off the first every minis tour with our boys and into the unknown.
Arrival at the rugby club was met with fantastic hawaiian themed outfits and kids buzzing with excitement. A short thank you to all involved and mascots were issued to all age groups to take care of over the weekend!
Once we had been issued with tour passports, itineraries and coach allocations , we had a run through to the tour song and dance moves that we would each have to re-create each time we heard the Wipeout song. Three coaches and a mini bus later we were ready to set off the Wimborne for thewhat was going to be a fantastic tour.
With over 170 people on the minis tour one would’ve expected some fall outs amongst the kids! But they were so well behaved and no issues on the journey! Once we had arrived at Warmwell holiday park for our accommodation during the tour for the next 3 nights things changed! Not saying it in a bad way but it was so nice to see them all playing and playing all out together and in the woods but in the distance those flickering lights of the arcade always seemed to draw them back in and a few adults too!
Saturday was filled with more activities that were organised for us and loads of Swimming. And a day closer to the rugby festival with a small change in some of the plans. But most importantly the Worthing Raiders had won their game and are remaining up in the league! It was time to celebrate all round again on the great news!
Sunday approached and we split into twos as H had all his games in the morning and J had all his games in the afternoon! And for a change I didn’t have to do the early run so lunches made and a departure time of 3 hours later J and myself set off on the two coaches with the remaining U11s and U12s and a change in the weather as well! One can almost say if it’s not raining then it’s not a rugby festival or any type of festival without a little mud! On arrival I was greeted by H with a super proud smile has produced a medal to show off for the superb games they played in the morning.
With the raining pouring down on us some of the parents quickly got the tent erected whilst the coaches started the boys warm ups before the start of the first games ! The kids were so cold that we tried to warm them up with hot chocolates and coffees for coaches and folks whilst attempting to stay dry. In the end I think most of us gave in to the wet rain as attempts to stay dry were limited but never the less tour shirts and Hawaiian assessories and leis were still being worn to avoid fines!
The boys showed fantastic sportsmanship throughout the games cheering each other on in each game. There are two brilliant tries on the weekend from all the boys games which not gave the boys more drive to keep pushing their opponents back but it demonstrated how they gave the boys a pick me up moment just at the right moments! I’ll cherish these two moments, super proud on how each of players have developed in the two seasons that J has being playing. These were by G C and one by J , great push through and length clear run throughs to tries.
Sunday’s festival overran for us just a tad which added to the madness of a quick turnaround to get the boys changed and looking draper for their awards dinner. With a great awards meal and of course court! Yes court for fines were issued out for sinful deeds and triumphs from the past few days.
Looking back over the weekend I must say that and the planning and all fundraising that went into the past 15months by U12’s Team had lead to a fantastic tour and we’ve had a incredible minis tour. U12 and U11’s now progress to Juniors status for 2018 season and paving the way forward for our our current U11 squad to organise next year’s tour for them! Onward and upward to the great 2018 Holland rugby tour planning and fundraising here we come.
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